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Almost a week ago, I wrote about my plan to embed audio scaffolds for an asynchronous online portion of my class.

Embedded audio in Google Slides.

I created four sections that relied on this simple strategy to provide what an oldish-school distance educator might call telepresence or social presence.

To test its feasibility, I did two main things.

First, I wanted to simulate the use of a wireless hotspot where bandwidth might be an issue. So I visited my resources from two Wireless@SGx hotspots — one was at a library and the other a fast food joint. The audio loaded after a two or three second wait. This was acceptable.

Second, I visited the same resources on a phone. While Google Sites does a great job with responsive web design, I was not sure if the audio in embedded Google Slides would work seamlessly. I discovered that

  • desktop and mobile browsers do not play the embedded audio by default depending on the user’s security settings
  • users need to manually play the audio on mobiles despite my design to let it play by automatically
  • the default slide selection does not work as expected

The last point needs explaining. Sometimes I use the same slide deck across different pages, e.g., slide 1 for web page 1 and slide 2 onwards for web page 2. I set slide 2 to load and play audio automatically in web page 2. However, while this works on a desktop, it does not always work on a mobile browser.

My conclusion: Advise my learners to use a laptop or desktop computer. The experience is optimised for the larger screen and a less shackled web browser.

Yesterday I shared some visual design considerations I take for my talks. Today I focus on interaction design.

My latest effort is a step down from what I normally do. I am designing for lower grade interaction by leaving out a backchannel throughout the session and one-minute paper at the end.

I am doing this because I understand my overseas audience. It is a place I have been invited to every year since 2013 and the mobile connection is unpredictable. It is not that they are unresponsive; they just cannot reliably connect to the Internet.

That said, I am still relying on two online tools that require low bandwidth from the participants.

My go-to presentation platform is Google Slides because it is free, flexible, and online. I can edit the content up to the last minute and share the slides with my audience.


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In terms of interaction, I intend to try Google Slide’s “new” Q&A tool since I am not relying on my preferred tool, TodaysMeet. The audience can participate by suggesting and ranking questions.

I will also use Google Form’s quiz and auto-grading feature (similar to Flubaroo). I will create this experience for my participant as an introduction to being information literate and to establish the themes of my session.

Mobile access to online quiz and themes of my session.

I anticipate that most participants will be armed with their own phones and this will also be message about leveraging on BYOD and personal forms of learning.

Most talks seem to focus on the talk. I plan mine with lessons from educational psychology and visual design principles. I try to focus on listening as I talk in order to change minds. This is effort that often goes unappreciated, but I know that it matters.

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on ICT-mediated change with representatives from private education institutes (PEIs) at a seminar in Singapore.

Prior to this, I asked to visit a few PEIs. The organizers arranged for two and I learnt quite a bit about the PEI state of affairs.

Armed with the information I collected, I hope to provide some value to what they do by creating some cognitive dissonance on their belief systems and ways of doing things.

I share my Google Slides openly. But, as always, the slides do not tell the stories. Only I do.

By the time you read this, I should be in the middle of my keynote at ICE2013.

The Google Slides are here.

As is my practice now, I will be leveraging on a backchannel, online polls, and interactions with the audience so that they become participants.

I like creating dissonance, but I hope I do not scare them too much!

The Cambridge Schools Conference will be held in Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday.

A small team from CeL and a few NIE academics have been invited to share mobile learning practices with our apps.

I will also be part of a panel on Thursday. I have prepared several talking points in my usual way: Google Slides dominated by visuals. I find this approach forces me to really know my stuff in order to tell good stories.

Why the drop of water you ask? Depending on your perspective, the impact can be a mere drop in the bucket (little effect if you distance yourself from the issues) or look like a big and beautiful splash (major effect if you get up close and personal).

When I have to give slide presentations, I put in a fair bit of effort to doll up my slides.

I remove as much text as possible and try to make them visual. This leaves room for the viewer to interpret (and share that interpretation) and for me to tell a story.

Here are screen grabs of two of my better slides from a deck I used earlier this week.

I use Google Presentations almost exclusively and illustrate with CC-licenced images from ImageCodr.

I like Google Presentations because 1) they are a bare bones tool that help me focus on the message, 2) I can share the presentation online, 3) I can share it and still work on it, 4) I can open the presentation up to critique or build it collaboratively, and 5) I make offline copies (typically PDFs) as backups.

I do not know what it is about the latter half of 2012. I have been asked to do quite a few talks.

Maybe I should not have declared publicly that I do not like giving talks. It is the Universe’s way of getting back at me.

I admit talks are still a popular way to get a message or two across. So I try to have fun by turning them into chats or preparing slides like the ones below.

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This sample is for a keynote that I am preparing for in September. These are not the only slides, of course. I have drafted an entire outline but I am still refining it.

I am also hoping to create a backchannel AND provide an alternative activity for my audience should they prefer to do something else.


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